The Mets failed to win a road series yet again and are now 0-7-2 in series’ away from Citi Field. Adrian Gonzalez hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 11th off of Raul Valdes to end the game. K-Rod blew his 3rd save of the season after giving up an 0-2 single up the middle off the bat of David Eckstein.

AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana continues to pitch well, as he pitched seven scoreless innings tonight. The Mets however, only gave him one run of support, and K-Rod couldn’t hold the lead in the 9th. The Mets are now 1/3 of the way through the season, and these are the types of losses that continue to keep the Mets record mediocre. They sit 27-27 through 54 games, 4.5 games behind the 1st place Atlanta Braves.

The Positives:

Johan Santana: What more can you ask from him? He clearly didn’t have his best stuff today, but he labored through seven innings, and didn’t allow a run, even though he gave up five hits and five walks, while striking out only three. It has to be frustrating for Johan, he’s much better than a four win pitcher at this stage in the season. His ERA though, is down to 2.76.

Jason Bay: Bay was 3-4 today, with a walk, stolen base, and a double. His average is .295 on the year.

The Negatives:

Raul Valdes: He just isn’t good. The other night was etrocious, and tonight the hit batter allowing the runner to advanced to 3rd was high school.

K-Rod: It’s tough to rag on him too much, but the game came down to one pitch, and he didn’t make it.

Jim Joyce: Unrelated to the Mets game but Jim Joyce cost Armando Gallaraga a perfect game tonight in Detroit. He should take his 22 years of MLB umpiring experience and never set foot in a Major League Baseball ballpark again.

Interesting Facts:

The Mets haven’t won back to back road games since July of last season.

-K-Rod blew his 3rd save of the season.

What’s Next?

The Mets head back to the friendly confines of Citi Field where they will open a three game weekend series against the Florida Marlins.

First Pitch: 7:10 SNY


NYM R.A. Dickey (2-0) 2.84 ERA vs. FLA Anibal Sanchez (5-2) 2.89 ERA